Let's pretend...

>> Thursday, 13 December 2012

All over t'internet I keep on coming across posts about Christmas lists.  Lists of presents for your kids.  Lists for the men in your life.  Lists for your mother, father, brothers, sisters, children's teachers, nannies, household help.  Lists for organised shoppers, lists for last minute shoppers (sorry, folks; that one's not relevant yet as far as I'm concerned.  For me, last minute means Christmas Eve, not nearly 2 weeks in advance).  Lists for budget-buyers, lists for vegetarians, lists for carnivores.  You name it, out there in the ether right now, there is a list of potential Christmas gifts for that person.

But you know what I don't see so much of?

Lists of what we want.  And that's a shame, because if we can't shout loud and proud on our blogs what we would love to find in our Christmas stockings then where can we?

So I am dedicating this post to a list of things that in a perfect, un-credit-crunched, unlimited budget world, I would like to unwrap on Christmas morning.

I call it my 'Let's Pretend' list.

Obviously, I'm not going to get any of it.  Neither Husband nor I have played the lottery recently, for starters.    And I will be very happy with whatever I do unwrap (although if it's a recipe book there may be a bit of huffing and puffing).  But let's pretend, you and I, that we could go out and treat ourselves to our own Christmas presents without worrying too much about the price.

Here's what I would be tempted by...

Just about anything from EC One Jewellery (Clerkenwell and Nottinghill), but particularly the Sushilla rings and earrings.  I can only say one thing about the rough-cut gemstones she uses; yum.

Some pretty, totally non-practical clothing from Marilyn Moore on the Kings Road.  Dry clean only, preferably, and completely unsuitable for the school run in the Moscow dirt and cold weather.

Some flouncy girly china from PiP Studio at Selfridges.  No, I don't know when I would have the chance to use it either, but in the sea of boys and Ikea-ness that I currently live in, a few flowers and some pretty colours would make a nice change...

A really unpractical handbag from Smythson.  Something like this one would do it.  I wouldn't take it out, not in Moscow, where it would get mucky and dirty.  No, I would just sit and stroke it quietly.  Actually, scratch that - I would take it out of the house.  Why have these things, if not to use them?

A long shearling coat.  I live in Moscow, for goodness' sake; I've just entered my 4th winter here in the same  knee-length North Face quilted duvet coat I arrived in and that's fine, but in my less pc and chillier moments, I dream about something like this.  I have to be honest, even in my 'let's pretend' moments I wouldn't spend the sort of money you need for an Armani coat, but it's good to have a start point when dreaming, no?

So that's my list.  Extremely modest, I'm sure you'll agree.  What's on yours?

I would love it if you write your own list and link to it in the comments box below (because for some reason McLinky never works for me), but there are some ground rules here. 

1.  This present must be for you and you alone.  No sneaking a luxury holiday for all the family.  A luxury spa break in Thailand with the girls might pass muster, but nothing less.

2.  Cash does not count.  Otherwise, as we all know, it will disappear into the black hole that is the house-hold budget we're all juggling at the moment...

Otherwise, go for it.

And may I just say, this was NOT a sponsored post.  I should be so lucky...


Jodi,  13 December 2012 at 18:57  

A nice jacket/blazer, a kindle fire or some such (e-reader but with a lot of the tablet capabilities...ipad mini with kindle/nook app would totally work), and a long, lingering kiss from my girlfriend. That last one's cheesy, I know, but it's her finals week at university and I've really missed her.

Clare Taylor 13 December 2012 at 18:59  

Jodi - cheesy, yes, but I'll let it pass. It IS Christmas, after all...

Expat mum 13 December 2012 at 23:37  

This is a bit sad but..... a cleaner who comes every day and knows where everything goes so that I don't have to put things away myself. A cook who comes every morning, etc. etc.
And a replacement pair of black suede, flat, pointy-toed boots. I mean how much is that asking, and yet can I find any?

Iota 14 December 2012 at 07:31  

An absolutely gorgeous coat. One that says "city slicker". Beautifully tailored - I mean, this would have to be made for me, not an off the peg jobbie. Black. Shapely. Lined with something shimmery but not flashy. Warm. Understated but really classy.

And boots to match.


Iota 14 December 2012 at 07:31  

Or what anonymous said...

Mrs. Munchkin 14 December 2012 at 07:53  

Ok....I did as you asked! Do I get brownie points for following rules? Or a pretend gift?! Here is my pretend list...

It took me over an hour to write, taking precious time from baking more Christmas cookies. But you were worth and...and it was fun!

Irene 14 December 2012 at 13:08  

My list would be as long as my imagination would take it and I had the time and energy to put in it, which believe me, I have lots of. I would be like the world's laziest and longest river meandering to the sea and it would take forever. I find myself continually in a wishful state and it would take a palace to house all the things I want. xox

thepuffindiaries 15 December 2012 at 17:36  

Oh I think tickets to the sun would be top of my list and a personal trainer to get me motivated. Great idea for a post.

21st Century Mummy 16 December 2012 at 13:45  

Fab post and love your list. I want a Smythson passport cover and definitely a china tea set.

Here's mine.



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